Despite everything, Biden and Sanders still lead Democratic field


Joe Biden has been in front of his Democratic rivals since the beginning of the race. His support has varied, and a few outlying polls have put others in front here and there — but by and large, Biden has been in front.

Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, has been a very consistent 2nd or 3rd place while many of the other candidates have yo=yo’d around him.

The pair held their places in a new PBS News Hour/Marist poll of Democratic voters and independents leaning that way. Biden is leading the field with 24 percent support while Sanders is close behind at 22 percent.

Combined, the pair enjoys almost half of overall support, despite the large field.

Behind them is Senator Elizabeth Warren at 17 percent. She is followed by Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is the last candidate to garner double digits at 13 percent.

The rest of the field is in low single digits, with entrepreneur Andrew Yang leading that tier with 5 percent.

Biden has been criticized and said to be “not the man for the job” by some progressives. Yet, progressives have yet to rally around a single candidate with enough support to consistently pull ahead of Biden and possibly win the nomination.

The poll does have a margin of error of plus or minus 3,5 percentage points.

One surprising note, and an encouraging one for Sanders, is that he now leads Biden among non-white voters. Biden has up until this point been out in front in that category. It is also seen as one that Biden would need to lead in of he is to be the nominee. According to the poll, 29 percent of nonwhite voters said they supported Sanders, while 26 percent support the former vice president.

In another poll from Change Research-Post and Courier out of South Carolina on Friday showed Biden at 27 percent support among South Carolina voters with Sanders not far behind at 20 percent. This marks the first time in this primary Biden has not held at least a double-digit lead in South Carolina.

The first Democratic nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire are just two months away, which candidates hope will bring momentum going into Nevada, South Carolina, and the Super Tuesday states.

In another poll, this one by Fox News, will not please Donald Trump. their poll showed that 6 Democratic candidates (Biden, Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg, Bloomberg, Yang) would beat Trump if the election were held today.

To get more from the Fox poll, check out the video below:

The candidates are set to battle again in another debate later this week. You can see the last debate in its entirety below:

 

Featured image via screen capture from youtube.com

 

 

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